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nied by her husband and their sillydaughter, with her small waist and flat neck ; with disdainful looks and a haughty air they passed by me. As I hate the whole race* I intended to go away, and was only waiting, till the Count had disengaged himself from their impertinent prate, to take leave, when the agreeable Miss B. came in. As I never see her but ■with pleasure, I stayed and talked to her, leaning over the back of her chair, and did not perceive till after some time that she seemed a little confused, and did not speak to me with her usual ease of manner. I was struck with it. "Heavens!" 3 said said I to myself, " can she too belike all the rest?" I was angry and going to withdraw; but the desire of examining farther into this matter kept me. The rest of the company came. I saw the Baron F— enter with the same coat that he wore at the coronation of Francis the first; the Chancellor, and his wife, who is old and deaf; the Count of I—y whose Gothic dress made a still greater contrast to our modern coats, &c. &c. I spoke to those that I knew amongst them; they were all very laconic in their answers.. I wa* taken up with observing Miss B. and did not see that the women were


whispering at the end of the room, and that by degrees the same whispering and murmuring got round amongst the men, and that Madame S. was speaking with great warmth to the Count—(this I have since learnt from Miss B J—At length the Count came up to me, and took me to the window.—" You know our ridiculous customs," he said; " I perceive the company is rather displeased at your being here: I would not upon any account—" "I beg your excellency's pardon; I ought to have thought of it before: but I know you will excuse this little inattention, 1 was going," I added, " some time 6 ago, ago, but my evil genius kept me here ;" and smiling, I bowed to take leave. He shook me by the hand in a manner which expressed every thing. I made a bow to the whole illustrious assembly, got into my chaise, and drove to M.—I contemplated the setting sun from the top of the hill.—I read that beautiful passage in Homer, where the honest herdsmen are described receiving the king of Ithaca with so much hospitality; and I returned well pleased. When I went into the supper-room at night, there were but a few persons assembled, and they had turned up a corner of the table-cloth, and Vol. II. D were were playing at dice. The goodnatured Adelin came up to me as soon as I entered, and in a low voice said,ct You have met with a very disagreeable incident."—" Who, I?" —" The Count obliged you to withdraw from the assembly."—" Devil take the assembly!" said I, " I was very glad to be gone." "I am rejoiced," he said, " that you look upon the affair in that light; all that concerns me is, to find that it is talked of every where already.'* From that moment I began to think of it in a different manner. AU those that looked at me whilst we were at table, I imagined were look

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